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Good morning, this is Kasmira, and as we kick off the week, we take a look at a new exhibition at the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent that examines the way humanitarian action is perceived and the fixed roles often attributed to men and women.

The ILO’s annual International Labour Conference opened on Friday, with the organisation's outgoing chief issuing a stark warning about the impact of the war in Ukraine on the global economy and the world of work. And, we begin our Ukraine Stories blog this week with a story of a schoolboy from Mariupol who kept a diary of his life in the city under siege.

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Kasmira Jefford


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Drawing of a blood transfusion service in Pakistan, by a schoolgirl, Samina Sattar, in 1987. (Credit: International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Geneva.)

🖼️ New exhibition examines gender and humanitarian action. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum (MICR) on Tuesday will launch a new exhibition called “Who Cares” looking at the history of humanitarian action through the lens of gender and diversity. Through five years of research, its curators have gathered more than 200 objects and accounts “encouraging visitors to re-examine their own perceptions of humanitarian workers and of those who receive care”.


⚖️ ‘Those who resort to war deny social justice’: ILO director general. Speaking at the opening session of the 110th International Labour Conference on Friday, Guy Ryder stressed the need to defend the rule of law in the face of those who “resort to war to deny social justice”. As the war in Ukraine weighs on global economies and an already fragile recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, he also warned that there is “all too likely worse to come” as the war takes its toll on global food supply chains, energy and finance. The International Labour Conference, which gathers governments’, workers’ and employers’ representatives from 187 ILO member states to address issues impacting the world of work, is held until 11 June in Geneva.


Here's what else is happening

Also on the agenda

📌 30 May | High-level mayors’ dialogue on smart cities. This hybrid event, looking at how connectivity and ICT can help accelerate urban development policies, is part of the programme dedicated to mayors during the high-level week of the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2022 (WSIS 2022).

Geneva Cities Hub (EN)

📌 31 May | High-Level Briefing on the 2022 UN Ocean Conference. The UN secretary-general’s special envoy for the Ocean, Peter Thomson, as well as delegates from Portugal and Costa Rica will be among the speakers at this event aimed at engaging stakeholders on key issues and priorities that will be addressed at the UN Ocean Conference taking place in June in Lisbon.

Geneva Environment Network (EN)

For more events, visit the Genève Internationale website.

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